PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — The annual West Indian Day Parade danced up Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn this Labor Day.
Tens of thousands of people lined the street to catch a glimpse of shiny, glittery costumes as they celebrated Caribbean pride.
Esther Zelaya brought her three little girls to watch. "We love the costumes. We love the atmosphere, the music. It's just fun. It's good to get out," she said.
Participants and spectators waved flags from nations across the Caribbean.
Food vendors lined the parade route serving native dishes. Elaborately dressed participants danced to thumping beats in the hot sun.
Sophia Davis, waving a Jamaican flag, was seeing the parade for the first time. "I really do like it. I'm coming back!" she said.
Overnight, violence marred the J'Ouvert which leads up to the daytime parade.
One person was stabbed to death and gunfire wounded four others. One of Governor Cuomo's staffers was shot in the head and listed in critical condition.